Updated: 01/08/2012 22:45 | By pa.press.net

Sturridge sends Team GB into last eight



Daniel Sturridge (© 2nd left)

Daniel Sturridge (2nd left) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring against Uruguay

Great Britain's men followed the women into the Olympic quarter-finals as Daniel Sturridge's goal secured a 1-0 win over Uruguay at the Millennium Stadium.

And Stuart Pearce's men admirably opted not to follow the lead of those discredited badminton players by trying to engineer a result that would keep them out of Brazil's way until the final. Instead, should they come through a last-eight meeting with South Korea in Cardiff on Saturday evening, they will face the hot favourites at Old Trafford next Tuesday.

Sturridge's goal was the least they deserved from yet another encouraging display, which maintained improvement from previous matches.

At times, Britain's approach work was marvellous, with Aaron Ramsey in particular showing imperious form. It was Ramsey who flashed a first-half shot across goal, one of those that bisected the far post and the outstretched legs of Sturridge and Scott Sinclair.

Craig Bellamy, named skipper in the absence of rested Ryan Giggs, also came close to turning home Micah Richards' knock-down. The clock was ticking down towards the interval though when Joe Allen wove a neat pattern inside the Uruguay box before drilling the low cross which Sturridge prodded home from close range.

Luis Suarez ended the half throwing a piece of loose turf to the ground in disgust. The South Americans, so fancied beforehand, had been a major disappointment and this was no exception.

His mood would not have improved 10 minutes after the restart when he created space for himself deep inside the Britain box, only to be foiled by the imposing figure of Jack Butland, the teenage goalkeeper who is having such an outstanding tournament.

The 19-year-old did even better when Uruguay attacked again, this time denying Suarez with a full-length fingertip save, Edinson Cavani helping him out by belting the rebound into the sidenetting.

19Comments
01/08/2012 23:47
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The boos from the crowd were an absolute disgrace. Those racists should be given a stint in boot camp. I am firmly behind team GB and deplore the likes of Antony (grim reality) and Lewis Day (Queens Soldier) who have now abandoned the mens football to concentrate solely on the ladies football. They will use dodgy politics or crying about the lack of David Beckham, to justify their abandonment of the men's team. These dirty old men are sick in the head watching the ladies in the olympics in their stained pyjamas.
01/08/2012 23:31
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Team GB put their balls on the line. Bellamy reminded us all that he can play ok occasionally. A good all round team performance. Well done team GB, you did the English and Welsh proud. Giggs bruised balls should be working again for the next match. 
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It was a workman like performance from Team GB, but we have got the job done, Bellamy was a class apart from anyone else on the pitch, closely followed by what is going to be a outstanding keeper in Jack Butland, he will be pushing Joe Hart hard in 2 - 3 years,

 

Its a job done tonight and a good win, lets keep the momentum going and who knows what might happen,oh forgot to mention Tom Cleverley, he is another who is going to be very big in a couple of years

 

Its a good win

02/08/2012 07:14
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This was a good game of football with many names worth a mention. However, the booing was an embarrassment and ugly reminder of the depths we have sunk to.
02/08/2012 09:44
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Good performance from GB but rode thier luck....with keeping Sturridge on! as he continually ruined good approach work by giving the ball away and missing a sitter! Good performances from Cleverley,Bellamy,Ramsey,Allen and Butland! Don't want to be too critical...just facing the facts
so won't disect where it could have worked out the wrong result for GB . However we are through and thats GREAT!!

02/08/2012 11:41
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Think Sturridge will improve a lot as a player when he learns, and is prepared to lay a ball off. I appreciate he is a strike, but fear he thinks every time he gets the ball he has to go for Broke. Many a time the TEAM would prosper a lot more, and he'd be a better propersition if he looks around  etc. JMO
01/08/2012 22:55
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Sadly,  I'm embarrassed at my country, even more at the commentary, which hardly mentioned the booing let alone condemned it, it's the first time in my life I've wanted my team to be beaten. 
02/08/2012 08:48
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I got tickets for Saturday's game at wembley hoping it would be Team GB but sadly its Senegal - Mexico. Not sure if i will bother going.
02/08/2012 01:17
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ERM. Team England and Wales!  Wales is the whipping boy ! Forget TEAM GB. It`s An English Games.!!!!!!!!!
02/08/2012 00:15
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who cares ? mickey mouse competition
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LAST 4 ACTUALLY........THEYVE GOT SOUTH KOREA......PUT UP THE WRONG FLAG AGAIN AND THEYLL ALL F..K OFF HOME......AS WAYS AND MEANS OF APOLOGY.....BATTERSEA DOGS HOME ARE OFFERING A FREE BUFFET FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.
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